Monday, June 21, 2010

The Aztecs and Tenochtitlan

This is the Mexican village of Mexcaltitan. It is built on an island in a lake very much like Tenochtitlan only much smaller. Legend has it that it was the Aztlan of the Aztecs, their home city and birthplace from where they set out on their pilgrimage in 1091 that led them to the founding of Tenochtitlan.

This 1524 map depicts the thriving Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, 
based on the eyewitness account of Hernán Cortés.

Map of ‘The Valley of Tenochtitlan as seen by Cortez’ 
published in 1869 by George F. Cram in Illinois

This map of Juan Gómez de Trasmonte shows Mexico City in 1628, 
a century after the Conquest... and reconstruction. 
The island has now been connected to the shore of the lake 
and the lake has begun to be drained.

 A map showing the various precincts of Tenochtitlan.

 A modern map of Tenochtitlan.

No comments:

Post a Comment